Microsoft has surprised many in the Linux developer community in recent years. Surprises have included bringing things such as adding the Bash shell to Windows or native OpenSSH in Windows 10, and even including Ubuntu, SUSE Linux and Fedora in the Windows Store. Microsoft now goes even further, with plans to launch a full Linux kernel directly in Windows 10.
"Starting with the versions of Windows Insiders this summer, we will include a Linux kernel tailored to support the version newest of the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), "explains Microsoft program manager Jack Hammons." The kernel itself will initially be based on version 4.19, the last stable long-term version of Linux. it will be re-based on the designation of stable new long-term versions to ensure that the WSL kernel always has the last kindness of Linux. "
The integration of Linux in Windows 10 of Microsoft will connect with a user space installed through the Windows Store. It's a big change for Microsoft, and marks the first time that the Linux kernel will be included as part of Windows. It seems that this integration with the Linux kernel will be available later this year, with a Windows 10 update whose code name is 19H2.
For developers, it should drastically improve the performance of the Microsoft Linux subsystem in Windows. Microsoft also promises to update this kernel through Windows Update, and will be fully open source with the ability for developers to create their own WSL kernel and contribute to the changes.
Microsoft also today announced Windows Terminal, a new command-line application for Windows. It is designed to be the central location for accessing environments such as PowerShell, Cmd and the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).